Spin Classes when Pregnant: 8 Safety Tips

Let’s chat spin classes when pregnant. If you’ve ever joined a spin class you know how challenging a workout it can be. But what if you’re pregnant now?

There are several benefits to joining a spin class at your local gym. There are some precautions you need to take when pregnant to make sure you get the most out of the benefits and ensure you are exercising in a safe manner.

Spin classes are a better alternative to cycling when pregnant as you start to lose your balance more so cycling can become dangerous.

1. Listen to Your Body!

You should always listen to your body especially when you are pregnant. Now is not the time to be a hero and push the boundaries.

If you experience any pain or discomfort then stop and quickly check if you should end your spin session.

2. Drink Lots of Water

The last thing you want to be dehydrated. You must have yours water bottle with you to make sure you drink before, during and after your workout.

Dehydration can lead to pre-term labor so drink lots of water!

3. Your First Time

If you were participating in spin classes before pregnancy, you can continue when you are pregnant.

Be aware of how your body changes as you enter each new trimester. Make sure to let the instructor know (if it’s early in your pregnancy and it’s not obvious) so they know that when you’re resting they won’t be making you continue.

The main point is to start taking it easy at a comfortable pace and take regular breaks.

4. Sweets are short!

Forget 45 or 60 minute plus sessions. Your goal is to ride for 15 – 30 minutes and if you want to exercise, choose one of our PregActive pregnancy exercises.

5. Don’t Try to Set New Records

Your rate of perceived exertion can be a guide to how hard you push yourself. Remember you ride for two so if you find yourself panting then slow down and reduce the intensity and speed.

6. Watch Your Back

If you don’t adjust the seat, pedals, and handlebars properly, you can cause strain on your lower back. Make sure you are comfortable and slow down or stop if you start to experience anything back pain.

7. Stationary is Best

There is always a new type of exercise or equipment that comes on the market to become the next trend. We’ve seen a wave of spin bikes that are far from stationary and move with you as you lean to the right or left.

8. You Didn’t Climb the Pyrenees!

If you are on board Pyrenees in France you’re about to get out of your seat and push your legs as far as you can to get up the hill. Now is not the time to get up and leave your seat.

Keep a comfortable pace and stay seated otherwise you may just be pushed too hard.

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